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    Ald. Harry Osterman (left) and neighbors listen to a water management representative describe the excavation process for replacing water lines. (Photo: Jonathan Ballew/Block Club Chicago)

    A multiyear effort to require toxic lead service water lines to be replaced throughout Illinois is nearing the finish line.

    The Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday approved HB 3739, a measure that would set timelines for lead service line replacements and create a state grant program to aid the process. The House approved the measure last month, meaning the Senate floor could be its last stop before heading to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk.

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